What is Interventional Radiology?
When you have cancer, cardiovascular disease or other serious conditions, traditional treatments sometimes involve the use of open surgery, which comes with severe risks, such as excessive bleeding. Interventional radiology lowers the need for open surgery by providing an alternative way to treat certain conditions with minimally invasive procedures. Find out more about this type of treatment, including the conditions it can be used for.
What Is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology involves the use of medical imaging with interventional therapy in order to provide patients with minimally invasive diagnostic services and treatment. This type of treatment relies on advanced imaging, such as X-rays, CAT scans, ultrasound and MRI scans, to allow radiologists to view certain parts of your body and treat a wide range of medical problems or conditions.
What Do Interventional Radiologists Do?
Interventional radiologists are physicians with board certification who have received training in minimally invasive techniques and radiology. These physicians must know how to interpret diagnostic images and use fine needles, wires and catheter tubes in order to treat complex medical conditions. With this knowledge, interventional radiologists are able to provide patients with treatment that is more accurate and less painful than undergoing traditional open surgery.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Interventional Radiology?
There are several medical conditions that interventional radiology can be used to treat. This type of treatment can be used for the following:
- Cancer in the liver, lungs or urinary tract
- Portal hypertension
- Uterine fibroids
- Enlarged prostate
- Stroke, brain aneurysms and spinal compression fractures
- Pulmonary embolism
- Bleeding or obstruction in the urinary tract
- Varicose veins, peripheral arterial disease or deep vein thrombosis
- Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract
What Are the Advantages of Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology offers treatment that comes with reduced risks, less discomfort and shorter recovery times. Those who undergo this type of treatment instead of open surgery typically spend a shorter amount of time in the hospital and are able to recover more quickly. They also have a lower risk of complications that are associated with open surgery, such as infections, nerve damage and bleeding. Interventional radiology also causes less pain than open surgery, making it a more comfortable option for those with certain medical problems. This type of treatment is also associated with greater precision than open surgery, leading to improved success in treating specific conditions.
If you need to see an interventional radiologist, please contact Neighborhood Radiology Services, PC. Our services include affordable, high-quality medical imaging in Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens and other parts of the Greater New York Metropolitan area.